I am addicted to Dragon Lance novels and Mary Herbert, in my opinion, is one of the best Dragon Lance authors that I have ever seen. The clearness of her prose makes her characters seem as if they are sitting right next to you as you read her tale. You will be left wondering why things are happening and awaiting with baited breath the next turn of the page. For Dragon Lance addicts, like myself, this is one of the best Dragon Lance books that I have seen in a long long time. The only reason that I have not given it five stars is because Mary Herbert is no Margret Weiss. She could stand to learn a bit from the acknowledged master of fantasy literature.
If you have not read any Dragon Lance before this one, go back and read Dragons of Autumn Twilight and the rest of the Chronicles and Legends sub-series first. The new reader will be a bit confused by the presence of the dragons and the references to Caramon, Tika and Palin. Needless to say this is not an entry book into the Dragon Lance saga.
For those of you are mildly interested in the Dragon Lance saga this one will hook you as it did me. Please be sure to have read the Chronicles, Legends, Dragons of a Summer Flame and the Dragons of a New Age trilogy before you read this one. This one will convert most people to addicts like me.
Now for a small snippet of the tale. The town is Sanction where Linsha Majere has been assigned by the Solmanic Nights to the Clandestine Circle, which has intern sent her to be Lord Bight's body guard. There appears to be something fishy about the governor of the town. Before she realizes what is happening, the governor is not the only one that needs to be saved. Slowly she works her way deeper and deeper into a wired mystery that is Lord Bight.